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Colleen Kane

Colleen Kane
Special to CNBC.com

Colleen Kane is a writer for CNBC.com covering luxury and unusual real estate as well as travel and other topics. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Oxford American, Bust, Spin, the anthology Madonna and Me, and in many other publications. She created the urban exploration website Abandoned Baton Rouge and more recently set her camera sights on the ruins of Borscht Belt resorts.

Follow her on Twitter @colleenkane

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  • Splurging in Retirement        Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 | 4:46 PM ET
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    Senior citizens typically live on fixed incomes, and if they haven’t planned wisely, they can even be in danger of outliving their savings. But you can’t take it with you, and what fun are the golden years without spreading around some gold?

  • Cars With the Best Resale Values Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 | 1:23 PM ET
    By the time it’s five years old, the average vehicle’s value has dropped by about 66%. The editors of compile an annual list of those vehicles that best hold their value, based on supply and demand as well as current and projected future market conditions. The 2011 brand for overall best resale value is Subaru, which are expected to be worth 39% of their purchase price after five years of ownership. The best resale make for luxury cars is BMW, with 37.1% expected value retention after five years

    The editors of Kelley Blue Book compile an annual list of those vehicles that best hold their value. Check out the cars with the best resale value.

  • Real Estate Red Flags Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 5:15 PM ET
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    As potential homebuyers begin wading back into a battered real estate market, it’s helpful to know how to evaluate properties, especially foreclosures and houses that may have stood abandoned. Is that fixer-upper really such a bargain?